Back in 2012, Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream revealed their ‘Kara‘ tech demo, a story about an android who is formed and becomes sentient. In addition to being a showcase of the PS3’s incredible power, Kara was an emotional production that, even at just 7 minutes long, really resonated with those who had seen it.
Unfortunately, despite calls for the developer to turn Kara into a proper game, Quantic Dream carted their tech demo off to the warehouse of ‘games that never were’. Three years on and many had lost hope that we’d ever get a fully-fledged title based on the enthusiastic android, but to our surprise, at Paris Games Week, Quantic Dream revealed their new game, Detroit: Become Human, which follows Kara after she leaves the android factory.
Quantic Dream Announces Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human, or Detroit for short, is set in a world where there are many other androids just like Kara, who do our cooking, our cleaning, our heavy lifting and all of the other things humans don’t really want to do. They look, speak and move like us, but as the trailer shows, they certainly aren’t treated like humans, with androids even having ‘parking stations’ where their owners leave them while they go off doing other things.
David Cage, the director of Quantic Dream, explains that Detroit also explores how humans would react “if we were confronted with a new form of intelligence, how androids conceived as machines would be perceived if they started to have emotions”. That sounds cliché, yes, and it’s nothing that Deus Ex hasn’t tackled before it, but Cage says that Detroit‘s story is rather different as the developer wants to “talk about what it means to be human and what it would be like to be in the shoes of an android discovering our world and their own emotions”.
Detroit: Become Human is a PS4 exclusive. The game does not yet have a release date.